Getting sick can be an eye-opener. All of a sudden we’re reduced to doing the daily minimum to get through the day and asking for help from our kids and husbands. We realize that we underestimated the time needed for some commitments.
While I’ve come a long way in making sure everyone participates in the housework, always an on-going project, I had fallen back into trying to help everyone with their volunteer projects. I didn’t respect my time and see it as valuable. I also forgot that I can’t fix everything. I have control over a very small sphere.
Being sick last week and struggling mostly with my energy level, I realized that I had too much on my plate. I had already said no to being homeroom mom. I also needed to say no to another volunteer project, and guard my time zealously. Being a Girl Scout leader takes a lot of time, especially in the early fall during troop start-up and registering new girls.
I set 3 priorities for myself, all of which I’ll need to balance from time to time. If I’m gone all weekend for Girl Scout training, I need to keep the next weekend open as much as I can for time with my family. I can’t say yes to every blogging opportunity and put my kids in after school care all the time.
- Girl Scouts
With my 3 priorities, my first goal is to set office hours during the day. During the craziness of September, I blogged whenever I had time, mostly during the day. I need to make sure that after school time is just for the kids. I need to spend a little time on Girl Scouts daily to stay on top of the ongoing tasks.
Personal – (habits that keep me healthy and happy)
- walk/run 3 times this week (I’m coming back from a week off due to illness)
- stretch and strengthen my body (I know I have to do this every day to maintain my injury recovery)
- drink 6-8 glasses of water a day
- eat green (daily salad and veggies & protein at dinner)
- read a book (I’m reading various books on the Kindle that were free last week)
People – (activities that promote relationship with the people I love)
- date with my husband
- phone calls to my mom, a friend, and my mother-in-law
- set up a museum date with my mom
- birthday date for 2 sons (I’m behind on setting this up)
Purpose – (tasks that enable me to fulfill my purpose in life)
- declutter and zone clean one area of the home
- work on my blogging/writing business
- write an ebook about cleaning a home
Passion – (activities and experiences which enable me to enjoy life)
- take pictures of the kids
- take pictures outside (I did a photo trip to a local college last week and loved it)
Projects – (priority tasks that need to be finished this week)
- finish my daughter’s Kindergarten photo book
- finish my second son’s First Communion Album (we need to scrapbook 4 pages)